Ann Arbor, Michigan 2009 Fall Foliage Travel and Tourism Info

Foliage.org: What are the projected dates Ann Arbor, Michigan peak foliage seasons?

According to the State of Michigan’s Fall Color Map, projected peak
dates in the Ann Arbor area will be early to mid October.
Foliage.org: Are there areas, vistas, scenic lookouts or other destinations
within Ann Arbor that are known for their uniquely beautiful autumn foliage
displays?

Ann Arbor, also known as Tree Town, has plenty of places within the city to
experience fall colors. Walk the trails at The University of Michigan’s
Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens, or head to one of the city parks. Rent canoes and kayaks at Gallup Park and Argo Park and see fall
colors while paddling the Huron River. Just outside Ann Arbor are three
Metroparks: Delhi, Dexter-Huron, and Hudson Mills, all providing various
opportunities to view colors. In nearby Chelsea, hike the trails at Waterloo
Recreation Area. For more parks, check out the “Plan A Visit” section at
www.visitannarbor.org.

What are the local and regional roads or highways that are favorite scenic routes for Fall tourists?

Huron River Drive, between Ann Arbor and Dexter is beautiful in the fall.
Old US 12 also offers picturesque views from Chelsea through Ann Arbor to
Ypsilanti. State designated scenic routes include Gale Rd. from Cherry Hill
Rd. To Geddes Rd., Warren Rd. from Curtis Rd. to Dixford Rd., Mahrle Road
from Grossman Rd. to Sharon Hollow Rd., and Marshall Rd. from Zeeb Rd. to
Baker Rd.

Within the city of Ann Arbor, Huron Parkway, Geddes Rd., and Dixboro Rd. all offer scenic views.

What festivals or other public events are taking place during the 2009 Fall foliage season?

Fall means football in Ann Arbor; Michigan Stadium is a popular spot on fall
Saturdays when there’s a game. If you’re in Ann Arbor for a game, be sure to
check out some of the area’s other attractions:

There’s always a festival or event happening somewhere in or near Ann Arbor.The annual Webster Fall Festival (September 26) is a family favorite, and the village of Dexter’s Apple Daze (October 3) celebrates the fall harvest
and all things apples. Also check out Art on the Farm (October 25),
featuring 30 regional artists and artisans selling their work in two huge
barns. For more fall events, visit the “Find Something to Do” section at
www.visitannarbor.org.

Are there historic or cultural sites that are popular destinations for Fall foliage travelers? What are they?

Historic Cider Mills (described below) and Sharon Mills County Park, located
on the banks of the River Raisin in southwestern Washtenaw County, offer
visitors the opportunity to experience historic sites in natural settings.
Visitors can also search “Heritage Tours” on www.ewashtenaw.org for maps and routes, including a Historic Barns tour.

What are some other popular tourist attractions for autumn travelers to Ann Arbor. What are some of the less well known, but much loved local attractions?

The Ann Arbor area has several cider mills and orchards; visiting one of
these destinations is the perfect way to spend an Autumn afternoon. Cider
mills and apple orchards are a Michigan tradition, and some of the best are
located in the Ann Arbor area. The Dexter Cider Mill and Alber Orchard and
Cider Mill are great rural escapes while Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair is
guaranteed family fun. Wiard’s also features “Night Terrors,” Michigan’s
premiere haunted attraction, on weekends in October. Also check out
Makielski Berry Farm for U-pick raspberries through November 1; Makielski’s
also sells raw honey, pumpkins, and squash. For more U-Pick fun, visit Berry
Hill Farm in Dexter, Lutz Orchard in Saline, and Wasem Fruit Farm in Milan.

Autumn is also a great time for ale: The Corner Brewery in nearby Ypsilanti
gives visitors a chance to experience locally brewed beer in an outdoor beer
garden. Original Gravity brewing in Milan is just a short drive from Ann
Arbor, and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Dexter features some very unique
styles of beer.

There’s also plenty of outdoor opportunities for hiking and golf. Check out
the “Plan a Visit” section at www.visitannarbor.org for more.

Are there favorite destinations for history, literature,
architecture buffs, or antique collectors? What are they?

The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, offering visitors a
chance to experience history, literature, and architecture. American
playwright Arthur Miller is a U of M grad; Robert Frost advised students and
gave talks at the University of Michigan in 1921. Poet W.H. Auden spent time
at the University of Michigan. Literature buffs will also appreciate the
many book stores located in downtown Ann Arbor, specializing in new releases
to out-of-print and rare editions.

The University of Michigan also features outstanding architecture, from the
historical Law Quad to the recent Arthur Miller Theater and the new wing of
the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Architecture buffs will also appreciate Ann Arbor’s Frank Lloyd Wright
designed Palmer House, which is available for overnight stays. See the “Find
a Place to Stay” section at www.visitannarbor.org for booking information.

There are also many opportunities for history buffs, from the Underground
Railroad to automotive heritage.

Antique collectors will appreciate the many antique stores in the Ann Arbor
area, as well as the Ann Arbor Antiques Market, a multi-vendor sale
scheduled for October 17-18. For more information on any of the attractions
listed here, check out www.visitannarbor.org.

What are some favorite destinations or activities of families traveling during the Fall travel season?

The previously mentioned orchards, U-Picks, and cider mills are popular
destinations for families; there’s also the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, the
Chelsea Teddy Bear Museum and Factory Store, the Chelsea Treehouse, and so
much more, including University of Michigan football! See the “Plan a Visit”
section at www.visitannarbor.org for more family-friendly ideas.

What are some helpful resources for discovering local inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges, boutique hotels, and other local lodging and dining?

The Web site www.visitannarbor.org is a one-stop shop for Ann Arbor area
visitor information. In the “Find a Place to Stay” section, visitors can
find booking information and pictures of all the area’s accommodations; you
can also search for accommodations by type, price, location, and more!

Is there anything else you would like to tell visitors thinking about traveling Ann Arbor for the fall foliage season?

Autumn in Ann Arbor is an experience you won’t soon forget. Plan your trip
at www.visitannarbor.org, or call 1-800-888-9487 for more information.

Thanks to Marianne Gosz Klinker of theAnn Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for providing this most helpful information.

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